SMART Practice Plan to Support by KQ1JZnU


									         IEP support group SMART Practice Plan
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                                  Pre-school / school actions                   Caseworker actions to support                Carers actions to support
                                  to support
Predictable Building an           Hint: Share successful strategies to
                                  calm and support particular young
                                                                                Hint: Explicit expectations about when
                                                                                you’ll see each other
                                                                                                                             Hint: Regular, routine times and places
                                                                                                                             to relax
environment that is as familiar
                                  people with other staff, OSHC etc
as possible feels safe. Design
calm spaces, familiar routines
and plan changes &
transitions. Notice sensory
needs and the role of calming,
sensory experience.

Responsive                        Hint: Build relationships and trust           Hint: Be aware and pro-active                Hint: Have regular, fun times together
Responses to children’s
behaviour should always stem
from an understanding of the
trauma-based origins of that
behaviour. Incorporate
relationship repair in all
behaviour responses.

Attuned Children and              Hint: Explicitly teach feelings (see
                                  Keeping Safe: Child Protection
                                                                                Hint: Help young people to express
                                                                                their thoughts and feelings
                                                                                                                             Hint: Plan calm, relaxed starts to the
young people are often
disconnected from their own
emotional and physiological
responses. The more we are
attuned to the student’s
patterns and processes of
responding, the better we are
able to understand the
individual and help him/her to
understand their own

Connecting To begin               Hint: Greet them with pleasure each
                                                                                Hint: Give young people your contact
                                                                                                                             Hint: Find out what you both enjoy
                                                                                                                             doing and do it together
the healing process,
traumatised children need to
start with a process of feeling
reconnected to themselves –
their feelings, their physical
responses and their strengths.
Implementing strategies that
build emotional literacy and
allow students to experience
and recognize pleasure and
success will improve the
student’s capacity to
successfully interact.

         1 | Individual education plan [IEP] for children and young people in care (guardianship)• Department for Education and Child Development
Translating The way                Hint: At an IEP meeting or in
                                   conversation with the young person’s
                                                                                Hint: Help young people gather and
                                                                                keep important stories, memories etc
                                                                                                                             Hint: Share lots of good experiences
                                                                                                                             and take photographs to record them
we structure a story of
                                   case worker ask if any relevant trauma
understanding about our
                                   history can be shared with you. Help
experiences is a crucial
                                   young people keep records of their
integrative process for
                                   successes and fun times at school.
engaging with life. Children
who have experienced trauma
struggle to build those stories
of understanding because of
the impacts of that trauma.
These students need a
translator to facilitate the
process of recounting and

Involving Children who             Hint: Help them find and keep a friend       Hint: Help organise a mentor                 Hint: Encourage and support out of
                                                                                                                             school activities
have experienced trauma
often struggle with
relationships with their peers.
Yet, these relationships can be
a source of healing and
nurturing when developed and

Calming Traumatised                Hint: Build active and passive
                                   relaxation times into the school day
                                                                                Hint: Ensure young people are getting
                                                                                the therapy and support they need
                                                                                                                             Hint: Take time out for yourself to see
                                                                                                                             friends and family and relax
children are in a constant state
of high arousal. To facilitate
positive outcomes for these
children at all levels
(educationally, socially,
emotionally, behaviourally), we
need to provide and support
experiences of calm on a
consistent and repetitive

Engaging            As with        Hint: Provide some structure around
                                   free play times to support relationships
                                                                                Hint: Be consistently supportive             Hint: Play favourite games together
                                                                                                                             and develop some private jokes
calming, the element of
                                   with peers
engaging children in
relationship is fundamental to
our work with traumatised
children. The experience of
appropriate, supportive adult-
child relational exchanges is
Instrumental to supporting
children who have
experienced abuse related

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         2 | Individual education plan [IEP] for children and young people in care (guardianship)• Department for Education and Child Development

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